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 Post subject: Let's Talk.....
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:13 am 
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... Tabata...

Since we've got a whole slew of new talent to figure out, let's start looking at performance of guys brought in by NH. I figure if we start with Tabata, we might have time to get something of a book on the other guys newly brought in.

My view?

To succeed, Tabata has to mimic Magglio Ordonez. That's they body type he reminds me of. If he comes close to Magglio's numbers, I'll be very happy.

To date I see a guy who hits for average, a few doubles and shows no HR power. I haven't seen him in person so I can't say how he covers RF, but I read where he looks competent. Maybe curve can comment.

Right now at 20, he doesn't look like a corner OF guy.

Anyone else?

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 Post subject: Re: Let's Talk.....
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:22 am 
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I think the power will come with him. He's considered to be the best pure hitter in the system.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's Talk.....
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He's 20 and holding his own in AA ball. That's impressive. However he definitely needs to get the power numbers up or he becomes a man without a position to play. Unless he somehow manages to become the reincarnation of Tony Gwynn.


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He's legit..solid defender, terrific arm, can hit the ball for average, I think the power will come but remember..he did miss 45 games this year with the hammy..you got to use the legs and hips as leverage for power and Tabata hasn't been healthy in that department all season. Plus alot of his fly balls have been caught in "death valley" (the alleys at BCB).

ZelieMike, you hit the nail on the head on who Tabata reminds me of..he has the Magglio Ordonez type body..


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 Post subject: Re: Let's Talk.....
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Mags hits for power and didn't make a name for himself until he was 25 years old. We can hope that Tabata eventually hits for power and that we don't have to wait five years for it to happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's Talk.....
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curveradio wrote:
He's legit..solid defender, terrific arm, can hit the ball for average, I think the power will come but remember..he did miss 45 games this year with the hammy..you got to use the legs and hips as leverage for power and Tabata hasn't been healthy in that department all season. Plus alot of his fly balls have been caught in "death valley" (the alleys at BCB).

ZelieMike, you hit the nail on the head on who Tabata reminds me of..he has the Magglio Ordonez type body..


I've listened to some of the games on the radio, and listening to curve call some of his plays, Tabata could be very exciting to watch in RF in Pittsburgh on defense alone...He's got an arm...

His idol is Clemente, doesn't he have a #21 tattoo on his chest?

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